The Weekly Schmooze: Kinky for governor?

JPost on hottest Jewish news: A new Isaac Bashevis Singer story in the "New Yorker;" ugly Hanukka sweaters.

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August 16, 2012 17:20
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The US is in the middle of election-mania, with all eyes on November 2012, but Kinky Friedman is already focused on 2014. The 2014 Texas gubernatorial race, that is. The country\comedy singer told the Dallas Morning News that he is "seriously considering" his third run for governor since 2005. Friedman has already begun slamming current governor Rick Perry – who he used to support - and plans to be more "serious and substantive" – which is really too bad, since his 2005 campaign included excellent one- liners like "Friedman's just another word for nothing left to lose" and the slogan "Ride 'em Jewboy." The Schmooze isn't quite ready to endorse anyone for governor of Texas, but here's Kinky's biggest hit, in which he beats up a white supremacist:



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Although he fits the description, Kinky Friedman isn't a cast member in "Old Jews Telling Jokes," the Off-Broadway hit based on the popular blog. The cast isn't entirely made up of senior citizens with Yiddish accents – there are two young Jews in the show, and they have decided to make a backstage video blog. Here's their clip:



English-speaking fans of Isaac Bashevis Singer will be excited to hear that The New Yorker has posted Job, a story printed in the Forward in Yiddish in 1970. The story was translated into English for the first time by David Stromberg and can be read for free on the New Yorker website.

Make sure to wish a speedy recovery to Mayim Bialik. She was in a car accident Wednesday night, and was hospitalized. Her husband tweeted for her that she'll be fine, but if you want to make sure, you can follow her @missmayim.

Hanukkah is a few months away, but if you want to celebrate the Festival of Lights in style, you should check out this Kickstarter project: Geltfiend Sweaters. If you ever felt left out at an ugly-Christmas-sweater party, have no fear. You can wear a dreidel cardigan, or a cowl- neck knit with a haredi snowman family. The project is nearly halfway to its $20,000 goal, and if you donate $50, you can have a Hanukkah sweater of your own.



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